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EQc8.2 - Daylight and views - views for 90% of spaces
LEED BD+C: New Construction, LEED BD+C: Schools, LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors, LEED BD+C: Core and Shell, LEED O+M: Existing Buildings
We would like an interpretation as to whether views to an indoor atrium garden meet the intent of this credit. The design of our building includes an extensive amount of vision glazing along the entir...
We would like an interpretation as to whether views to an indoor atrium garden meet the intent of this credit. The design of our building includes an extensive amount of vision glazing along the entire perimeter while optimizing energy efficiency, layout, and functionality. When designing our building, we used many of the philosophies of Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed many buildings local to our area. The design philosophy of his that we are most proud of is "bringing the outside in and the inside out". Access to direct outdoor views is provided from 75% of individual workspaces and >90% of other regularly occupied spaces within the building; therefore, we fully recognize the importance of views of nature to the well-being of our employees. The small percentage of workspaces along the interior of the building that do not have a direct line of sight to the outdoors have a view of an interior atrium garden. Our extensive atrium garden runs the entire length of the building on both floors fully daylighting the interior of the building. It opens to admit fresh air during the spring, summer, and fall. The garden is home to a number of full size trees planted into ground where their roots can extend under the building. There are over 1,000 tropical and subtropical plants in the atrium garden. There are insects in the atrium that are controlled through an integrated pest management program. We think that from an objective view of what constitutes "outdoors" there is very little difference between outdoors and our atrium. From an aesthetic point of view, we believe that the sight lines created are beautiful and that they exceed the quality of most views, particularly outdoor views with little or no vegetation such as parking lots, streets, or other building. Buildings with a lower outside surface area are typically more efficient in energy and material use - we believe that our unique atrium garden provides indoor beauty that is comparable to the outdoors. We think that our employees are more in touch with nature because they walk through it every day as they go from point to point within the building. Note: Photos of the atrium are provided with our application under EQ Credit 8.3/84 and IUOM Credit 1.2.
The submittal requirements for EQ Credit 8.3/8.4 are clear, precise and measurable. Allowing an exception for views to atrium gardens would open up this LEED-EB credit to too much uncertainty for future LEED-EB application reviews without the establishment of quantifiable guidelines for required atrium garden criteria. If and until atrium garden criteria are established by the LEED-EB Revisions Committee for views to atrium gardens, the proper avenue for earning credit for these gardens would be through pursuing a LEED-EB Innovation Credit. Applicable Internationally.
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